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China-based textile manufacturer to bring 500 jobs to Lancaster Co.

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LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

A mystery WBTV told you about in October is now solved!   

WBTV told you about an unnamed company that's set to move into Lancaster County with 500 new jobs and more than $200 million for the local economy.

Monday, Lancaster County officials have unveiled the mystery company as a Chinese textile manufacturer.

WBTV spoke with the store manager of a local business just down the road from where the new textile plant will be.

She hopes her new neighbor will drive up her sales as new customers come to the area.

"A lot of people would know more about us and get the name around," said Reid's Fresh Farm Stand Manager Jennifer Taylor.

Taylor was ecstatic when WBTV told her about a new textile manufacturing plant opening just a mile away from her store.

An aerial view shows us where the 36 acre site for Keer America Corp.'s new plant and American headquarters for the China-based company will be located in Indian Land on Old Bailes Road.

Lancaster County Economic Development President Keith Tunnell says the county is bringing back its deep roots of textile manufacturing to the area.

"We have 125 years of textile history, so anytime we can bring a strong textile company back, it will be a shot in the arm for the local economy. No doubt," said Tunnell.

Keer America Corp.'s will create 500 jobs in the Indian Land area.

That's good news for business managers like Taylor who hope they'll get some form of help from the new plant.

"Indian Land is growing. We need that. It will definitely help our business and other local businesses out. A lot of people don't know that we've been here for eight years, so it's really nice to know that's coming," said Taylor.

The plant is set to open in late 2014.

Lancaster County Council will hold its final reading of an ordinance, Monday night, authorizing $7.7 million in local and state incentives bonds for the new project.

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